Try this route up to the top of the iconic Index Town Wall and explore portions of the Forks of the Sky State Park.
Total Distance: 2.5 miles Total Ascent: 1300ft Highest Point: 1800ft
Difficulty: Hard Our Hiking Time: 2h Required Permit: None
To get there, take Highway 2 to the Index turnoff near Milepost 34. Follow the Index-Galena Road for about a mile to the bridge. Take a left across the river, proceeding through town to Index Ave. Take a left crossing the railroad tracks and following Index Ave as it turns left and becomes 2nd Street. Take the next left onto Avenue A and follow it out of out of town for a half mile to find the parking area on the right. Park and hit the trail. View Google Directions >>
This is a fun little hike, good for a day when you dont have a lot of time, with some great rewards on a short, if somewhat challenging, route. There is more to see and explore in the 1300-acre Forks of the Sky State Park for those that want to do a little extra. Obviously, use caution while up on the cliffs. Its a 500 foot sheer drop to the bottom. This area is extremely popular climbing spot, so be aware that there are likely climbers below.
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